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Career Growth & Work Style Tips for Women


Meet one of our favorite inspiring and stylish women, Eli Del Carmen! Starting off her career in an executive training program and rising through the ranks, Eli is now leading the charge as the VP of Sales for LifeStride. With a busy life as a mom, Eli shares her tips for growing and developing your career, balancing it all, and, of course, her favorite womens dress shoes to take her through the day.


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What is one of the most important things you've learned since being in high-level leadership roles?


Accomplishments are achieved as a team. I am so grateful to be surrounded by talented individuals who work together to execute the strategies that deliver the best shoes to delight women.



What are some of the major challenges you've faced?


Re-building a business after the pandemic was very challenging. Women weren’t wearing heels much, so our team had to pivot the business using consumer insights and trend research to give our consumer what she needed both at the time and post-pandemic. This work brought huge success and reminded us all of how important it is to be constantly learning and evolving.



How do you manage your work-life balance?


I work hard to stay in the present moment so that I can accomplish as much as possible during the work day. This allows me to spend my evenings and weekends with my daughter enjoying the many activities that she is involved in.



What do you look for when choosing what to wear at work?


I’m usually in a dress since that only requires choosing one piece versus separates. Comfortable, stylish shoes are also a must. My favorite pair is the Social slingback. They are comfortable enough that I can run around all day in them and still look professional!

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